• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Human Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sara Beavis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
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This is an intensive course offered on an annual basis. The face-to-face component of the course will be delivered from 10-21 February 2020.

Knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological processes involved when water in its many forms interacts with land is fundamental to managing natural resources and in dealing with the increasing environmental challenges confronting us in the 21st century. Faced with global change, an understanding of water science is increasingly important in relation to secure water supply; assessing water demand; safeguarding water quality in multi-use catchments and aquifers; maintaining human health; ensuring food and energy security; and sustaining the ecosystems which support us. Professionals who are aware of the concepts, principles and practices relevant to surface and groundwater hydrology and river processes are needed to work in a variety of water-related fields.   


This course is structured around the water cycle and the concepts of mass and energy balance. The different pathways that water takes as it cycles through the atmosphere, biosphere and lithosphere are examined, as are the interactions of the cycle’s components and their influence on geomorphic and geochemical processes and ecological function. Surface and groundwater are considered as an integrated system, including both their flows and quality. Students will become familiar with hydrological processes and the techniques required to address water security and landscape management, with a focus on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Practicals, problem-solving workshops and field studies provide opportunities to develop skills in sampling, analysing and presenting data that relate to catchment characteristics, processes and change.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. describe hydrological and associated geomorphic processes, and their importance in environmental management
  2. interpret the relationships between water and the regolith which control landform evolution and water quality
  3. explain principles of, and demonstrate field skills in, hydrological and geomorphic measurement
  4. describe and compare practical examples of hydrology and landscape in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
  5. appreciate the relationship between raw data and the interpretation(s) that stem from them, and how limited

Other Information

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Practical exercises to demonstrate use of basic mathematics and statistics in hydrology and landform evolution (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Group-based field study and report to demonstrate field skills and data analysis (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Two-hour open-book written exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 65 hours of contact delivered intensively over 2 weeks comprising: lectures, practicals and field excursions; and b) 65 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you should have completed 24 units of tertiary study which must include 12 units of courses from the Science courses list (from the subject area ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, PSYC, PHYS, EMSC, ENVS, MEDN, NEUR, SCOM, MATH, POPH). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS2008 or ENVS6022.

Prescribed Texts

Davie, T.  (2008) Fundamentals of Hydrology, Routledge, London (available online).

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1358 10 Feb 2020 11 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020 09 Mar 2020 In Person N/A

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